Friday, August 15, 2014

Sidewalk Sale, Minus the Sidewalk

Our Empty Sidewalk
We measured our sidewalk.  Then we measured it again.  And then we had to admit, it just wasn't going to work . . . .  So what do you do when your Sidewalk Sale is bigger than your sidewalk?  Put the sale online!

So while our sidewalk sits bare and empty, we've got over 40 yarns in our website's Sales 'n Outlet tab - and they're all marked down!

So what yarns will you find there?
  • Dream in Color's new Jilly yarn, a fingering weight single ply, light merino superwash wool that is exquisitely soft and comes in 48 fabulous colorsAll colors are discounted at 20% off!  Not enough?  The 49 additional Special Order colors are also also 20% off!
    Jilly Lace in Amethyst
  • Jilly Lace is similar to Jilly, but in a lace weight.  This fabulous yarn is perfect for lace projects or fine gauge garments.  Choose your favorite from 23 in stock colors, or overwhelm yourself with 49 additional Special Order colors - all are 20% off!
  • If lace weight isn't your style, go for Classic Chunky Superwash, Elle Rae's bulky superwash wool.  Available in 34 colors - and they're all 25% off!  Save money, and save time with quick-knit projects!
  • Rowan's Angora Haze is wonderfully soft with a gorgeous halo - and you'll earn your halo by saving 40%!  Choose from eight different colors to add a touch of luxury to an elegant coverup or an exquisitely soft pair of mittens!
  • Dream in Color's NEW Classy is now even softer.  But we're not discounting the old stuff, we are discounting the new improved Classy!  Classy is a medium weight yarn with great stitch definition that shows off cables or patterns well.  At 20% off, your Classy projects will look, well, classy!
  • There are only a precious few kits left in the Dream in Color Dream Club!  Get 40% off the "Poinsettia" fingerless mitts and headband combo, along with an exclusively dyed 2-ply Merino wool yarn in a tonal blend of reds, pinks and almost a hint of green.  Get a jump on your holiday knitting - and making holiday gifts is more fun when you know you've saved 40%!
    Classy in Cool Fire
  • Save 50% on Della Q close-out colors!  Great bags and needle cases will help you stay organized.  Save money on the bags and cases so you can spend more on yarn!
Forget the bugs and the heat, and shop our Sidewalk Sale from the comfort of your own home, with a cool drink by your side. 

Prefer to shop in the brick and mortar store?  No problem.  Many of the online sale yarns are also in the sale bins at the front of the store.  If you see a yarn on sale on the website but don't see it in the store, just ask and I'll have one of the Yarn Elves to get it for you.

Happy Knitting . .  And Happy Saving! . . .  Amy

Friday, August 8, 2014

All Knit One Crochet Too is 20% Off!

Knit One Crochet Too has, quite literally, crossed the country.   They began in 1996 in California, then in 2003 Helene Rush purchased the company and moved to Windham, Maine (just west of Portland). 

Chevron Trim Top by Helene Rush
The name Helene Rush is probably familiar to you , but even if her name isn't, her patterns most likely are.  She has over 25 years of experience in the industry as a designer for all major knitting magazines, she is the author of five knitting books (all out of print, but available in the collectable market), and was the past editor of McCall's Needlework and Crafts Magazine and Cast On Magazine. 

Knit One Crochet Too's yarns are selected from around the globe and feature luxury fibers along with everyday staple yarns. Each spring and fall Knit One Crochet Too launches two or three new yarns, along with patterns and kits to compliment the yarn.  FiberWild! features about 20 different yarn brands from Knit One Crochet Too's collection.

So how large is this company?  Just how many employees does it take to make this yarn powerhouse a success?  Just five. Yup, just five.  Helene Rush herself, plus two women (one fiber artist and one shipping manager) and Helene's two sons.  I enjoy working with all of our yarn suppliers, but it is especially fun to do business with a woman-owned company that is small but known throughout the world!

To celebrate this remarkable company, we have put all of our Knit One Crochet Too yarns and patterns on sale at 20% off!  So what are some of my favorite Knit One Crochet Too yarns?  Well, I'm glad you asked . . . .
2nd Time Cotton in Avocado
  • 2nd Time Cotton is a fabulous green yarn.  Well, it's not only green, it comes in 11 different colors (although the Avocado Green color is quite pretty).  It is a blend of cotton and acrylic recycled from the garment industry.  It's very soft and easy, as comfy as an old t-shirt, and an excellent yarn for your summer garment knitting!
  • "Thou Shall Not Covet," but you can make an exception for Covet yarn!  Alpaca is a super-soft fiber anyway, but using the finest micron fiber from baby alpaca is like knitting a cloud!  Covet knits into a luxurious fabric great for cozy mittens or a snugly cowl that everyone will covet!  Available in 10 cloud-like pastels. 
  • A "cria" is a baby alpaca, and Cria Lace yarn has all the softness of baby alpaca plus Tencel to give it strength, drape and a little sheen.  Available in over 20 bold colors, use one strand to make lacy shawls and scarves, or two strands for soft sweaters. 
  • Ty-Dy Socks in Tropicale
  • Ty-Dy Socks is a multi colored, super fine, self striping wool blend in 11 great color blends.  But why hide such great yarn below your ankles?  In addition to socks, use it for terrific, bold, attention-grabbing lace.
  • Kettle Tweed is a wool, llama and bamboo blend with a subtle sheen and tweedy flecks - then kettle-dyed by hand for unique, one-of-a-kind color.  Create a shawl with personality or unique socks!
And what should you make with all this great yarn?  We've got that covered, because all Knit One Crochet Too patterns are also on sale at 20% off!  They have knitting patterns, of course, but as their name implies they also have great crochet patterns, too.

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Friday, August 1, 2014

FREE Wood Smoke Cowl Pattern!

Snow Tree  & Northwoods Solstice
Over the last couple of years, we have worked with our friends at Mountain Colors Yarn to create some fantastic exclusive yarn colors available only at FiberWild!  It's hard for me to pick a favorite, but apparently you have - two of the most popular colors have been Northwoods Solstice and Snow Tree.  Both are available in Mountain Color Yarn's Winter Lace Jr., a soft, lace weight yarn in a silk and wool blend.  This yummy yarn demanded a great design to compliment the subtle color changes in both Northwoods Solstice and Snow Tree . . . introducing my Wood Smoke Cowl!

This traditional smoke ring cowl, also known as a “wimple,” provides the knitter with the perfect canvas to work delicate lace using the Winter Lace Jr. yarn. The soft blend of silk and wool, paired with a feminine lace pattern, creates a feather light fabric that folds and drapes beautifully. You can wear this light and airy versatile cowl over the shoulder, as a fancy scarf, or over your head to keep you out of the cold without giving you "hat-hair".

Wood Smoke Cowl lace edging in Snow Tree
The cowl is knit in the round, and measures approximately 36” in circumference at the bottom, 24” circumference at the top, and about 18” long. You will need just one skein of Winter Lace Jr. and two sets of 24” circulars, a US 5 (3.75 mm) and a US 6 (4.0 mm). We recommend the addi Lace or the addi Rockets. The pattern is for the intermediate knitter.

Bonus:  The Wood Smoke Cowl pattern is FREE with the purchase of any color of Winter Lace Jr. yarn!  So just how many colors is that?  In addition to the available-only-at-FiberWild! Northwoods Solstice, Snow Tree, Bozemill Spring and Sugared Violet, there are ten other in-stock colors.

Wood Smoke Cowl Worn as a Wimple
Love the colors, but just not into lace weight?  Northwoods Solstice is also available in Mountain Colors Weavers Wool 1/4 and Alpaca Blend and Snow Tree is also available in Alpaca Blend and Bearfoot.  (But don't try the Wood Smoke Cowl in the other yarn weights - your gauge will be way off!)

You can post your pictures, share your thoughts, and ask questions about my Wood Smoke Cowl or any of my patterns in my FiberWild Ravelry Group!

Happy Knitting . . . Amy

Wood Smoke Cowl edging in Northwoods Solstice

Friday, July 18, 2014

Warning! Don't Miss Out on the Liberty Wool Print 20% Off Sale

Warning!  Don't Miss Out!
Another blog about Liberty Wool Print's new yarn colors for the month?  Nope.  No new colors this month.  This blog is a warning.  A warning that our long-running Liberty Wool Print 20% off sale will end on July 31st!  Oh, no!

Liberty Wool Print is Classic Elite's soft, worsted weight machine washable 100% wool yarn.  Yup, that's right, I said machine washable wool.  It is a self striping yarn in a huge assortment of awesome colors.

From January through June Classic Elite Yarns has been introducing two new colors of Liberty Wool Print yarn each month.  Those new colors have been added to our website and we now have 40+ different colors online and on sale at 20% off

Out of the 40+ colors, here are some of our favorites:
    Rosy Delight
  • Chintz is as bold and beautiful as an Indian flower, with green, blue, red and purple balanced with a bit of gray.  
  • Verdant Violet is just as the name suggests: green and purple.  The colors mingle gently into a calming, leafy, outdoorsey blend.
  • Smokey Bonfire is a smidge of orange smoldering into purple, brown, gray and blue in a warm, autumn blend.
  • Rosy Delight is a cheerful blend of pink, purple, gray, red and orange that can't help but brighten your day and make you smile.
  • Teal Chameleon is a bold blend of green, purple, yellow and blue - you certainly won't fade like a chameleon with this color!
  • Magenta Masterpiece is an exciting array of magenta, purple and red balanced with the more subdued blue, gray and brown. 
  • Meteor is a flash of blue brilliance followed by a colorful tail of pink, orange, yellow and green.
  • Rodeo combines earthy browns together with the flashy reds, purples, blues and greens of the cowboys' vibrant star-spangled costumes.
  • Sunset Frost combines the orange and yellow of a sunset with the blue, purple, gray and green of a morning frost into a relaxing, soothing color.
Do you like free patterns?  Of course, who doesn't?!  For a limited time only, get a free pattern with any purchase of the new 2014 Liberty Wool Print colors!

Vest or Hat with Meteor or Magenta Masterpiece
Yarn at a discount and a free pattern?  It doesn't get any better than that!

 . . . But on August 1st the dream will end, the carriage will turn back into a pumpkin, and all Liberty Wool Print yarns will go back to their original selling price.  Don't kick yourself later - get yours now!

Happy Knitting . . .  Amy

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Crossbones Cowl KAL - And the Yarn is 20% Off!

Crossbones Style Cowl
It's always fun to knit with a friend.  It's even better to knit with a new friend!  With that in mind . . . meet Steve May!

Last year, Skacel sponsored the first season of “The Fiber Factor,” where independent knitwear designers competed for world fame. This year, the favorite and most knittable designs are being featured in a series of Knit-Alongs, hosted by these now famous “Knitterati.”

In August, Steve May will be leading a Knit-Along featuring his popular design, the “Crossbones Style Cowl” which is available for Free!  The cowl is knit in the round, featuring twelve sections of different knit and purl checkerboard patterns.  This is not a monotonous, dull pattern - the variety will keep your knitting interesting and fun!

So who is Steve May Someone with decades of knitting experience under his belt?  Not hardly.  He learned how to knit about one year ago.  An artist who likes art in all forms, he was introduced to knitting when he worked with Steven West on the "Places Where You Can Knit" videos.  Surrounded by knitters who never stopped knitting, he took up a pair of needles and the rest, as they say, is history.  You can learn more about Steve May in his video introduction.

More about the cowl?  The gauge of the cowl is approximately 4.5 st/inch (18 sts/4 inches) in garter stitch, in one size.  The suggested yarns are HiKoo's Kenzie or HiKoo's Simplicity.  Which do you prefer?  That's up to you - because both are on sale at 20% off!  The sample is shown knit in Kenzie in the natural "Pavlova" color (and yes, that cute model is Steve May himself!).

Every Monday in August, a video with Steve will explain what should be tackled that week while giving you hints and tips on knitting his unique design.  The KAL starts Monday August 4th at 8:00 AM Eastern time (View KAL videos here). But you don't have to get up at 8:00 AM - watch it when it is convenient for you!  Steve will also be actively answering questions about his pattern and cheering you on in “The Fiber Factor” forum on Ravelry.

There is no registration or cost, simply download the free pattern, get your supplies and check out Steve’s video starting on August 4th at 8:00 am Eastern time. Don't hesitate to call us if we can help with your yarn, needle or notion selections ... a great way to get a jump on your holiday projects!

Here is what you will need: 
Crossbones Style Cowl in Kenzie Color #1000 - Pavlova
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Need more incentive? You will also have the chance to win great prizes generously furnished by Skacel Collection. Skacel will be randomly selecting three lucky winners who post pictures and information about their finished projects on Ravelry. The project must be started in August and finished within two weeks of the posting of the final instructions/video. Winners will be announced on Skacel’s “www.TheFiberFactor.com” and on Ravelry.

Enjoy knitting with your new friend Steve!

Happy Knitting . . . Amy

Friday, July 4, 2014

Celebrate the 4th of July with Starry Patriotic Colors


The Second Continental Congress adopted its declaration of freedom on July 2, 1776, and adopted the Declaration of Independence two days later, on July 4th.  In a letter to his wife on July 3rd, founding father John Adams said of the event: 
John Adams
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
(So what the heck is a "Shew"?  It is an old fashioned spelling for "Show."  He is referring to plays, skits and musical concerts.)

John Adams also said:  
And what better way to celebrate than with Dream in Color's Starry yarn - it sparkles!

Ok, so he didn't really say that.  But perhaps he would have, if Starry had been around in 1776!

4th of July Red
So what is Starry?  Starry is Dream in Color's superwash merino wool yarn with just a sliver of silver Lurex filament spun into it.  The silver adds a touch of shimmer and glamour.  The superfine yarn will make your shawlette shimmer like an angel's wings and add twinkle to your toes in a pair of socks.

As if that's not enough of a reason to set off fireworks, you'll love the patriotic color names of the festive limited edition yarn:

4th of July Red, White & Blue
Not what you're looking for?  Not to worry.  We're highlighting the limited edition patriotic colors this week, but the shimmery Starry shines in 35 different colors to compliment any project in need of a bit of pizazz!

4th of July Blue
It's like a party on your needles!  Come on in to let us help you pick out a patriotic project to knit with Starry yarn.  Remember, we are open our regular hours on the 4th of July - there will still be plenty of time to have a picnic and watch the fireworks after we close at 5 pm - and our website is always available 24/7.


Happy 4th of July, and Happy Knitting . . .  Amy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

HiKoo for You (At 20% Off!)

Skacel's HiKoo line of high quality yarn always makes me think "Haiku, a style of traditional Japanese poems.  But I've discovered that I'm a terrible haiku writer - so how about a simple rhyming poem!
Simplicity Yarn

     There once was a man from Nantucket . . .

No, no!  Not that one!  Here's another one:

     Simplicity Crimson is red,
     CoBaSi Indigo is blue,
     Tiara is sparkly and Rylie has linen
     Knit faux fur with fun Caribou!

So why the bad poetry?  This is our pathetic way of letting you know that all HiKoo yarn is on sale at 20% off through the end of July.  That's right, all HiKoo yarn is on sale!

Are you doing the July KAL?  It starts on July 3rd, but you can join in at any time.  The mystery hat requires two colors of HiKoo's Simplicity yarn - and yes, Simplicity is included in our 20% off sale!  Simplicity is always a popular yarn, a good all-around workhorse yarn, but even more so now that it's the choice for the KAL. Choose from over 50 great colors!

Zumie Yarn
Do you like zombies?  Oh, wait, HiKoo's newest yarn is called "Zumie," not "Zombie."  But won't you look terrific running for your life during the zombie apocalypse while wearing a hat or cowl knit from HiKoo's Zumie!  Zumie is a one ply super chunky soft wool blend in over 20 bold colors.  A fun, bulky yarn that will zoom off your needles - great for fast summer knitting! (or running from zombies!).

I promise, no more poems . . .

Happy Knitting! . . . . Amy